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Elizabeth GaskellRound the Sofa (July 15, 2012)

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LibriVox recording of Round the Sofa by Elizabeth Gaskell. Read by Noel Badrian.

Round the Sofa (1859), is a book of stories by the lady that Charles Dickens called his “dear Scheherazade” due to her skill as a story teller. That Lady was Mrs. Elizabeth Gaskell (North and South, Wives and Daughters, Cranford etc.). Mrs. Gaskell begins with Round the Sofa, a short story which she uses as a device to stitch together six previously published stories into a single work. It introduces us to a set of characters who take turns to recount stories to one another during their weekly soirée. My Lady Ludlow tells the story of the widowed, aristocratic Lady Ludlow and her fierce resistance to change. It is told through the eyes of one of her young charges. Incidentally, it was one of the books used to create the TV series Cranford. An Accursed Race is actually an essay about a persecuted minority group, the Cagots in Western France. The Doom of the Griffiths. A Gothic short story about a cursed family and set in Wales. Half a Life-Time Ago. A novella set in the Wiltshire Dales. The Poor Clare. A Ghostly short story! The Half Brothers. A sad short story about brotherly love and a sheep-dog dog named Lassie! (Summary by Noel Badrian)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: Elizabeth Gaskell
Date: 2012-07-15
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; audio; gaskell; 19th century; england; victorian; social life and customs; stories

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0


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01 - Round the Sofa 16.4 MB
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02 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 1 36.5 MB
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03 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 2 32.4 MB
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04 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 3 28.2 MB
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05 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 4 28.2 MB
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06 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 5 29.8 MB
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07 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 6 31.2 MB
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08 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 7 31.2 MB
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09 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 8 34.5 MB
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10 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 9 31.8 MB
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11 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 10 29.1 MB
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12 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 11 31.9 MB
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13 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 12 40.5 MB
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14 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 13 34.1 MB
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15 - My Lady Ludlow. Part 14 37.2 MB
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16 - An Accursed Race 44.9 MB
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17 - The Doom of the Griffiths. Part 1 48.4 MB
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18 - The Doom of the Griffiths. Part 2 45.1 MB
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19 - Half a Life-Time Ago. Part 1 36.0 MB
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20 - Half a Life-Time Ago. Part 2 12.0 MB
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21 - Half a Life-Time Ago. Part 3 27.8 MB
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22 - Half a Life-Time Ago. Part 4 12.9 MB
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23 - Half a Life-Time Ago. Part 5 24.2 MB
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24 - The Poor Clare. Part 1 30.8 MB
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25 - The Poor Clare. Part 2 38.1 MB
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26 - The Poor Clare. Part 3 35.6 MB
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27 - The Poor Clare. Part 4 35.3 MB
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28 - The Half-Brothers 29.0 MB
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Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 15, 2012
Subject: Lot of variety in Gaskell's short stories
Gaskell does an excellent job developing her characters in these short stories. As a listener, I found myself really pulled in. Each story is very different - the premise to put them together is a bit of a stretch, but that's only a couple of paragraphs in between and doesn't detract.

Warning - these are not light fare and will evoke tears at times.

Noel is a wonderful reader!